|June 14th, 2013|
|5||Pool B||1:30pm||IND - BEL||1 - 1 (0 - 1)||Final||x 3|
India – Belgium 1-1 (0-1 halftime)
Belgium and India earned their first points at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final after playing to a 1-1 draw. It was a meeting to two teams separated by a mere one World Ranking position and they played very much according to the ranking, as neither team could set itself apart.
Erica Coppey got things off on the right foot for the Belgians, scoring just four minutes into the game. After the goal, Belgium had many chances to double the lead, but India stood its ground and the determination of the Belgians started to wane. The longer the match wore on, the more confidence the Indians gained and they were rewarded for their persistence three minutes into the second half when Anupa Barla scored the equalizer.
Belgium had the opportunity to take the win several times, but was either unlucky or just too tentative in their game plan. Despite being the lower ranked team in the game, one couldn’t help but get the feeling that Belgians were disappointed with their performance and the outcome.
Both teams will have the day off tomorrow before each plays the critical last game of the round robin on Sunday. A win for either team in that game could boost them up to at least second place in the standings, making the quarterfinal match-up a bit of a better prospect.
|June 14th, 2013 at 6:39 am||India and Belgium have kicked off the women's portion of the day. It's sure to be close as they are ranked 12 and 13!|
|June 14th, 2013 at 6:43 am||Four minutes into action and Belgium owns a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Coppey.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 7:02 am||Belgium still holding onto a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half -- not a lot of chances coming from the Indian side|
|June 14th, 2013 at 7:28 am||Barla kicks off the second half in grand style for India -- scoreing the 1-1 goal just three minutes into action.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 7:50 am||With 12 minutes left, it's anyone's game with things locked at 1 between Belgium and India. It will be the first point for either team|
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:09 am||Belgium and India each pick up their first point of the event thanks to a 1-1 tie. Lots of draws here in Rotterdam!|